Thursday, June 7, 2012

Niagara Gorge Peregrine Falcon Banding Day

June 7, 2012 in the mist of Niagara Falls

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Sunday, June 3, 2012

~Peregrine Falcon Athena at UB getting a transmitter~

The largest female in the University at Buffalo Peregrine Falcon nest box is fitted with a solar-powered transmitter. The DEC will be able to able to track yet another generation in this line and learn more about Peregrine lives. Athena's mama is BB, so named for Peregrine volunteer Barbara Baldinger, who rescued her from a pre-mature fledge attempt in Detroit, Michigan. BB's mama, Miriam, was also fitted with a transmitter. Anthena's dad is a Niagara Gorge hatch, named Yankee.
Jacquie Walter, DEC tech, getting Athena after she was lowered down the tower

Jacquie Walter, DEC tech, bringing Athena up the steps from beneath MacKay Tower.

Athena in litter jug

Athena showing her bands as she objects to having her head covered

Mike Allen from Rochester, and Connie Adams, DEC Wildlife Biologist, with Athena

Mike Koch, DEC tech, who climbed the tower with Ken Nusstein, and brought Athena down, capturing the event. They also returned her to the nest box.

Connie and Mike A inspecting the harness for the transmitter

Ken Nusstein, UB MacKay Plant Engineer, invaluable friend of the Peregrines and a huge help in all the related endeavors, taking a break with Maxi, Mike Allen's companion!

Athena, raring to go!

BB feeding Athena after her ordeal! A very welcome sight!  As seen on the UB Falconcam!

And right now on the cam!  Athena is losing most of her white fluffy feathers and looking bigger than mom, BB. Athena to far left.

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Sunday, March 25, 2012

~BB in nestbox~

UB Pergrines, BB in box, egg maybe? (can't find out til Monday) and Yankee on corner of ledge on the right, midway up tower.


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Saturday, March 24, 2012

~Wallenda vs. Peregrine Falcons in Niagara Gorge~

Problem in the making. As many are be now aware, Nik Wallenda is scheduling his high-wire walk across the Niagara Gorge for sometime this summer, June, July or August, from Terrapin Point to the Canadian side. Bryant Gumbel interviewed him on his sports show this week.

 Now Nik looks like a very nice young man with a wife and two kids. The unbanded tiercel in the gorge who I call "Gorge's George", also has a mate, "Diamond" and they raised two baby pefas there last year. Diamond is a bit nutsy and Gorge's George really had his hands full trying to teach her how to be a pefa mommy after he lost his previous mate. 2011 was Diamond's first breeding year and she didn't want to be tied down, preferring to go flying around the casino.

 What Nik doesn't know, is that if he schedules his performance during Peregrine nesting or fledging time, he stands a very high chance of being hit by a Peregrine going alot faster than he can go. A Peregrine not used to seeing people in that space. I hope he schedules that event for September, not earlier.

 Recent pix I've taken:  I grabbed these off FBPP and I edited them on the ipad so they are not on this laptop.  They are not posting well.  I'll replace them as soon as possible.

And pix (not mine) showing the proposed high-wire walk
We are watching the nestbox when possible but if anyone else can help, please do! There is no cam. Post your sightings here or on Facebook Peregrine Place, whichever is easier for you.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

The Falcon and the Murmuration

 Today we bring you a similarly beautiful film, but with an added element of drama. In a scene from the BBC series “Earthflight,” narrated by David Tennant, one of nature’s most fearsome aerial predators, the peregrine falcon, swoops down into a dense cloud of birds for what promises to be an all-you-can-eat starling buffet. 

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

~Central Terminal Peregrines, where is Stella?

The Peregrine above is definitely banded,  black over green.  Stella is not banded.  Could this be a male, or, where is our Stella?  

The above shot of an unbanded pefa, thought to be Stella,  on the nestbox perch, Feb 1, 2012

from Feb 22, 2012

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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

~February Peregrines~

Statler Peregrine on the nestbox perch today
Central Terminal Peregrine with a fresh kill appears to have a band, so it may be just a winter visitor

Friday, February 17, 2012

~Peregrines at UB and Central Terminal~

Two Peregrines on UB's MacKay Tower
Pefas above red arrows ~~~ And one Peregrine seen at Central Terminal during a brief visit today
Mark Croce said he's looking forward to having an active cam but it must be coordinated with the DEC